UTEP vs Sam Houston Prediction: Over/Under Betting Odds

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Chris Gardner/Getty Images. Pictured: Sam Houston’s Keegan Shoemaker.

UTEP Miners vs Sam Houston Bearkats Odds

Wednesday, Oct. 25
8 p.m. ET
-105o / -115u
Sam Houston Odds
-105o / -115u
Odds via BetMGM. Get up-to-the-minute NCAAF odds here.

Week 9 brings us a Conference USA matchup, featuring the UTEP Miners vs. the Sam Houston Bearkats.

Both teams are coming off of losses last week — UTEP at the hands of the New Mexico State Aggies and the Bearkats lost at home to the Panthers of FIU.

Sam Houston is hunting for its first win of the year in what should be a very winnable game against the 2-6 Miners.

Let’s see which team holds the advantage and make a UTEP vs. Sam Houston prediction.

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UTEP Miners

The Miners look to get back on track this week following a home loss.

They came up one game short of bowl season last year, and they will need to be perfect from here on out under head coach Dana Dimel in order to do what they could not a year ago.

Offensively, this UTEP team has really struggled. The Miners only put up an average of 16 points per game, which is not enough to win many games, especially with the push for offenses to score more and more each year in college football.

This team has also turned the ball over 11 times this season, mostly via interceptions from quarterback Gavin Hardison. Hardison enters this game as questionable after backup Cade McConnell got the start last week in an unimpressive 28-7 loss.

UTEP’s offense ranks 112th this season, so it should have a tough time scoring again this week. The Miners rank 39th in Rush Play Rate, so I would assume we can expect a heavy dose of the run game to try and limit turnovers.

The Miners' defense doesn’t rank much better than their offense (88th). The strength of this defense comes through the air, where it ranks 35th. This is especially impressive given that the unit ranks 20th in defensive Pass Play Rates.

This tells me Sam Houston will have a hard time airing it out and scoring quickly. Most of this is due to UTEP’s ability to rush the quarterback, tallying 21 sacks on the year thus far.

Look for this defense to find some success against the struggling Bearkat offense.

Sam Houston Bearkats

The Bearkats enter this game winless following a six-point loss at home to FIU. This game was somewhat inspiring for the Bearkats, given they put up their best offensive performance of the year with 27 points. Unfortunately, their defense gave them one of their worst performances of the year.

The jump to FBS from FCS has not been fun for the Bearkats, but they seem to be playing some more competitive games as of late. This team will need both sides of the ball to click this week in order to take down the Miners.

The Bearkats are putting up 18 points per game following last week’s 27-point outburst, but outside of that matchup, it has been tough sledding for Keegan Shoemaker.

Shoemaker has 1,322 passing yards this year with eight touchdowns and six interceptions. He has been sloppy at times, but the Bearkats are only -2 in turnover margin compared to UTEP’s -6.

This could be something to watch if Sam Houston can get a few short fields, which will make things a bit easier on its offense.

Sam Houston loves to throw the ball this year (20th in Pass Play Rates), which may be a bit inflated due to the amount of time it has been trailing. It is also due to the Bearkats' inability to run the ball (131st).

The heavy pass attack plays right into UTEP's defensive strengths, so this could be an ugly one for a struggling Sam Houston offense.

Defensively, Sam Houston has been pretty stout given its offensive woes. The Bearkats rank 54th defensively this year in Success Rate, which is pretty impressive for a team that just made the jump to FBS.

This defense shows no real weakness against the run or the pass, so it should be able to stifle a struggling UTEP offense, especially with UTEP traveling to Huntsville this week.

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UTEP vs Sam Houston

Matchup Analysis

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UTEP Offense vs. Sam Houston Defense
Rush Success9256
Line Yards8592
Pass Success10865
Finishing Drives9671
Quality Drives6765
Sam Houston Offense vs. UTEP Defense
Rush Success131113
Line Yards12889
Pass Success11579
Finishing Drives126107
Quality Drives12380
Pace of Play / Other
PFF Tackling11119
PFF Coverage11690
Special Teams SP+119122
Middle 8102102
Seconds per Play29.0 (101)27.2 (73)
Rush Rate58.9% (39)44.6% (117)

UTEP vs Sam Houston

Betting Pick & Prediction

Both of these offenses are not good and both teams have solid defenses that should be able to bottle up the opposing offenses.

I think as long as both teams take care of the ball and avoid any bad turnovers leading to short fields, this game could finish somewhere around 17-13.

It will all depend on who gets that one key turnover.

For that reason, I am going to avoid picking a side and take under the low point total of 36.5.

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